Opinion: Vermont Gas should pay costs

I would like to thank Mr. Dennis (Addison Independent, Aug. 25), and finally, Mr. Rechia, for calling out Vermont Gas (Metro) for trying to use that provision in the last Memorandum of Understanding to cover for their gross ineptitude in laying out their pipeline by putting their unforeseen extra costs on their present and future customers.
First, it was the difficult process of trenching through the very rocky ridges and ravines of Vermont’s topography. Surprise! Surprise! Then, the need for subterranean horizontal drilling to go under environmentally sensitive wetlands.
Next, the extraordinarily high expense of taking possession of the land they needed. Gatherings of protestors at various sites slowed activity on the construction, another unforeseen expense.
These costs are, or should have been, included in the capital project planning. Let us take them off the backs of the customers and put them back into the capital expenditure account where they belong.
Be assured that this is a purely commercial enterprise undertaken with hopes of large profit, not an altruistic project by Vermont Gas for the benefit of future residential and commercial customers.
F.R. Cramton

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